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Children 2017, 4(11), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/children4110093

The Need for Early Referral: Characteristics of Children and Adolescents Who Are Overweight and Obese Attending a Multidisciplinary Weight Management Service

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School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
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Department of Dietetics and Food Services, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia
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Centre for Children’s Health Research, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia
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Statewide Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network, Office of Strategy Management, Queensland Health, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
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Received: 21 September 2017 / Revised: 12 October 2017 / Accepted: 27 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017
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Abstract

There is a need to examine the issue of childhood obesity from a systems perspective. This study aimed to describe the baseline characteristics of children attending pediatric multidisciplinary weight management services and understand how this information will inform future service delivery. A total of 51 children and adolescents who were overweight and obese (27 male) and aged between two and 16 years participated. Body size measures such as body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage were collected. Participants and their parents/guardians also completed questionnaires on dietary intake, behaviors and habits, physical activity and health-related quality of life. A total of 72% of participants were classified as morbidly obese. Adolescents had significantly lower scores for overall diet, physical activity and particular health-related quality of life scores. No significant correlations were found between BMI z-scores and diet, physical activity and health-related quality of life. In adolescents, correlations were detected between dietary scores and health-related quality of life. Results confirm the need to critically examine the current context to adapt and tailor interventions to individual circumstances, and when combined with focused referral, triaging and screening processes, should assist in delivering the right care at the right time. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; overweight; pediatric; multidisciplinary; weight management obesity; overweight; pediatric; multidisciplinary; weight management
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Walker, J.L.; Malley, R.; Littlewood, R.; Capra, S. The Need for Early Referral: Characteristics of Children and Adolescents Who Are Overweight and Obese Attending a Multidisciplinary Weight Management Service. Children 2017, 4, 93.

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